Scary Pockets have changed the modern music scene in their own creative, exciting way. It’s been incredible to experience it all unfold. At this point they have so many releases, a playlist is almost necessary to consolidate, and organize their prolific greatness. In this track-for-track collaborative playlist, Matt and Andrew each pick 11 prized tracks to guide you on what they believe to be the ultimate Scary Pockets trip.
SP do not only deliver fresh, always funky cover songs with sweet videos to match. These are also incredible collaborations with and endless roster of today’s finest musicians. Their covers are some of the best, and each one is a clever, funky, yet respectful rendition of the original that takes on a life of it’s own. It is also worth mentioning that the production quality on all of the Scary Pockets stuff is wonderfully tasty (which isn’t easy considering most of this stuff is tracked live, without headphones!) And for those who might be thinking: “Yea but don’t they have any original tunes?” Check out Scary Goldings, a side project featuring Larry Goldings and another astonishing lineup of guest musicians. So funky, and very original.
For this playlist, it’s all about the covers. Such as their take on Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry Be Happy.” A classic no doubt, but SP brings in the great Nikka Costa and flips the groove, making it sweet and happy like the original, but adding a whole new vibe with back-beat and rhythmic creativity. Kenton Chen (a frequent vocalist in the group) crushes Britney’s “Toxic” backed by a 16th note driving house band. Newcomers or seasoned Scary Pockets lovers can take a deep dive into this playlist. These are 22 hip cuts that definitely flaunt that one of a kind funk that they all bring to these great cover songs.
About the Curators
The first visual memory I have is that of the white upright piano in Singapore, Hell and the Dark Forces lived at the bottom, Heaven and the Angels at the top, they would play battles through my fingers and I was hooked.
As a psychology graduate I studied how sound affects human performance.
As a musician I compose instrumental music that stimulates your brain but doesn't mess with your language centers, leaving you free to be creative and brilliant without distraction.
As a curator I research how music can improve your life and create flow - I can tell you what music to listen to when studying for a test and why listening to sad music can make you feel better.
As a creator / contributor at musicto I’m part of a global creator community that collaborates through music. You can learn more about our community here.